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You can let your kids use the latest technology without shrivelling their brains to the size of tiny peas. In fact, helping your family make smart use of social media, smartphones and other high-tech tools may be the best thing you ever did for your kids’ future in a networked world, and for your family time today.

Creating a family social media policy

May 26, 2011
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The ongoing conversation in our home about how to use social media — and in particular, how to do so in a way that is both safe and enjoyable for our kids — has helped us evolve a de facto social media policy governing how we engage with social media as a family. I decided it was time to go from de facto to actual, recorded policy. Use our policy as a jumping-off point for your own.

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5 ways technology can reduce the family stress of business travel

May 11, 2011

When you’ve got kids, business travel is especially stressful. It’s hard for them to have mum or dad away, and it’s hard for you to miss them. Here are 5 ways that technology can help.

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The Lonely Princess: A Social Media Fairy Tale

April 30, 2011

Wondering how you can get your kids to think about the pros and cons of social media and social networking? This fairy tale introduces the joys of life online and the stakes of choosing between different online communities.

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Facebooking the kids: 12 Dos & Don’ts

January 28, 2011

Facebook can be a great way to share your family news with a small circle of friends — if you’re smart about using privacy settings. This post rounds up the recommendations from my series on Facebooking the kids.

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10 ways your smartphone will help you travel with kids

August 19, 2010

It was 9:15 a.m., and the Eiffel Tower had barely opened for the day. Nonetheless, we faced a 90-minute line-up before our two young kids — ages 4 and 6, respectively — would get to take the trip up the tower that they had been begging for since the moment we landed in Paris. But [...]

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5 questions that will change how your grown (or little) kid thinks about technology

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If you want to affect your kids’ relationship to technology, you need to do it through conversation, and not by handing down edicts or advice. Here are five questions you can ask your kids to start a meaningful conversation about technology, whatever their age.

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For Oprah.com: Should you get an iPad for kids?

May 31, 2010

This post for Oprah.com lists the 5 questions to ask about using an iPad for kids, so you can decide whether to get one for your family.

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On Oprah.com: 6 ways to be a better parent online

April 2, 2010

If it takes a village to raise a child, that village no longer needs to be defined by the place you happen to live. This post for Oprah.com shows how to find online support to help you be a better parent online and offline.

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The geek’s guide to child-proofing: how to keep your tech safe from baby

November 30, 2009

With the wisdom earned from six years’ of childraising, two destructive children and four or five figures’ worth of maimed technology, I’d like to weigh in on the neglected side of childproofing. Because once you’ve figured out how to keep your baby safe from your stuff, it’s time to figure out how to keep your stuff safe from baby.

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12 kid-friendly iPhone apps for toddlers and young kids

April 29, 2009
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The real power of an iPhone lies in the ability to keep a preschooler silent and occupied for the length of time it takes a grown-up to eat a meal in a restaurant with actual tablecloths.

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